Michael Everson, previously discussed here and here, has a page on The Alphabets of Europe:

The main function of these pages is to present a catalogue of European alphabets. The characters which are, and in some cases were, used to write each of the languages of Europe (as far as it has been possible to find information on them), are included here. Some of Europe’s languages (particularly in the Caucasus) still have no tradition of writing, though other information on such languages is provided here when it is available. Likewise, some languages have used, or continue to use, one or more than one writing system, which may also be reflected here.

The Genetic index of languages goes from Maltese (Afro-Asiatic) to Moksha (Finno-Ugric), the Alphabetic index from Abaza to Yiddish; all language pages are pdf files. (Via the amazing aldiboronti at Wordorigins.)


  1. joe tomei says:

    I’m surprised that he’s not using the codes in the Ethnologue and linking back, though he mentions it when discussing sign languages.

  2. So glad to finally see the word alphabets used correctly. I know none of you in academia have no clue what I could possibly be describing, but the last time I heard the word was in the following context: “My child is so smart. He knows all his alphabets.” The mother meant letters.

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